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Over 40 per cent of insect species could go extinct soon

Last update: 12/02/2019
ANKARA, Feb 12 (Bernama) -- More than 40 per cent of insect species could go extinct in the next few decades, Anadolu Agency reported, quoting a new study.

The study titled “Worldwide decline of the entomofauna: A review of its drivers”, written by Francisco Sanchez-Bayo at the University of Sydney and Kris Wyckhuys at the China Academy of Agricultural Sciences, revealed that one-third of insect species were under threat and a decline in their numbers could have a “catastrophic” effect on Earth.

The study -- published in the journal Biological Conservation -- said insects’ rate of extinction is 2.5 per cent a year, suggesting they could vanish within a century.
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